Wow! 2020… What a year?! It’s been unlike any other, for all of us, but surprisingly enough, covid-19 has made this year a year of growth for me and my photography. When it comes to my photography, I’ve tried things that I never thought of trying before. I spent very little time taking my usual landscape photos and instead stretched into other genres. I have to say, it’s been fun.
I love photography so much that I can have trouble containing my enthusiasm for it, so I started to offer to help others learn how to use their cameras. I get so much enjoyment out of sharing the info that I have to say I hope this will grow into a huge part of my life.
This year, I also started writing this blog. This too, is as much for me as it is for others. I just want to share what I’ve learned. Next year, I’m hoping to expand this blog into short videos (if I can get up my nerve) with quick photography tips.
So, I plan to keep growing in the new year. Hopefully, you’ll come along on my journey.
With the holidays upon us, I thought I would share a few suggestions for capturing special moments.
The very first thing that has to happen… You must have your camera ready. That means your batteries must be charged and your camera must be clean and at hand for when those moments occur. Afterall, your camera is no good to you if it’s not readily accessible when the opportunities arise.
Second, try to capture the moment from an odd angle. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Try a higher perspective or getting down on the ground. You never know when the picture from an unexpected angle will turn out to be your favorite. Remember, with digital cameras, you can always delete the images if you don’t like them. So, get creative!
Third, when shooting portraits of a single individual, don’t be afraid to open your aperture up to f/2.8 (or wider, if your lens allows, such as f/1.8)). Just remember, make sure the eyes are in sharp focus. That is what’s important! The same thing applies for group shots—focus on the eyes and use a wide aperture, but I wouldn’t go wider than f/2.8 with a group shot.
Last, you are taking photographs of YOUR holidays. So, make sure to include yourself in some of the images. Either hand off your camera or set it up on your tripod with a timer, whatever you feel comfortable with… Just make sure you include yourself in some of the images. And above all else, don’t become so consumed with documenting the event that you forget to participate in the event. Have fun!
When it comes to photography, for me, very few things go together as well as, Christmastime and Cape May! The Victorian homes are always decorated beautifully and are practically inviting you to stroll the streets and take pictures. Just watch out for the horse drawn carriages!
Taking pictures of lights at night comes with its own set of challenges. So, I thought I would share a few tips on the subject.
What Is This Page?
Since I love photography and teaching, I thought I would start a Blog page and share how I take my images, what I was thinking and about me.